During the 1930's, Harlan made several anti-Semitic films. In 1937 Joseph Goebbels appointed Harlan as one of his leading propaganda directors. His most notable piece of this period was the film Jud Süß, starring Heinrich George, which was shown for anti-Semitic purposes both in Germany and Austria. It received in 1943 UFA's highest awards.
At the end of the war Harlan was charged with participating in the anti-Semitic movement and aiding the Nazis. He successfully argued against the charges on the grounds that higher-ups had deliberately interfered with his art and was acquitted.
He made a few more films after the war, dying while on vacation in Capri.
Veit Harlan Facts
|September 22, 1899
|Date of death
|April 13, 1964 (Capri, Italy, age 64)